UK PRIME MINISTER David Cameron wants to ban miscreants from using the Blackberry messaging service BBM, Twitter and Facebook in the wake of this week's rioting.
Cameron said in his statement in a Commons debate today that the Government is looking at whether it's possible to stop suspected rioters from spreading their messages online.
Home Secretary Theresa May will hold meetings with the Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIM), Twitter and Facebook to discuss their responsibilities, the Guardian reports.
The Prime Minister, who was sunning himself in Italy during much of the rioting, said, "Everyone watching these horrific actions will be stuck by how they were organised via social media. Free flow of information can be used for good. But it can also be used for ill."
Clearly he counts BBM as social media, which isn't totally surprising.
Cameron pointed out that "police were facing a new circumstance where rioters were using the Blackberry Messenger service, a closed network, to organise riots."
"We've got to examine that and work out how to get ahead of them," he added.
Any move to ban social networks would mark a huge shift in Britain's internet policy, with free speech advocates unlikely to remain silent in the face of a new wave of censorship in the UK. µ
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